Sunday Moments

April 11, 2021
Second Sunday after Easter

Find a peaceful place to pray, perhaps a table. You may wish to light a candle and place a bowl of water in remembrance of your baptism.

Gathering Song
Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Association of Lutheran Musicians
Virtual Choir
Public Domain

Easter Greeting

Alleluia. Christ is Risen.
Christ is Risen indeed. Alleluia.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with us all.
Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Bible Reading
Acts 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Gospel Acclamation
offered by Calumet’s Virtual Easter Choir


Gospel Reading
John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing, you may have life in his name.

Special Music
Doubting Thomas

Written by: CHRIS THILE
Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Anderson and Rich Carroll
Calumet Alums

Thought for the Day

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

“The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self...From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.” (From Sundays and Seasons, 2009, Cycle B, p. 178)

This past year has been a frightening year for many of us. And yet, so many signs of communities and houses of worship going the extra mile to assist those in need are evident. The world came to people in their homes via Zoom, phone calls, emails, food & medicine deliveries, and more. Car parades celebrating milestones as graduations, birthdays and anniversaries brought people together in ways we never dreamed.

But still we have a nation and world in much need. Refugees and children dangerously crossing borders, risking their lives, still lead the news stories. This past month shootings are at a high. People are still hungry. People are still dying from COVID-19. Businesses are closing.

Let us be God’s transforming hands in our world today…opening our doors, working for peace and justice, offering forgiveness and sharing our material goods with those in need. For example, I invite you to look at these powerful and inspiring websites for ways you can take action in our world:

Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Disaster Response
ELCA World Hunger


How has this year transformed you, Calumet Nation?
How has our collective faith transformed the world even in a pandemic?
How will you extend the peace of Jesus in your community?

Peace be with you this week.

~Judy Hakanson Smith, Minister of Word & Service, Calumet Staff


Prayers of Intercession

On this second Sunday of Easter, let us pray for all in any need, responding to each petition with the words “Send us your peace, O God.”
A brief silence.

O faithful God, grant the joy of your peace to our pastors, to all those who minister among us, and to all the baptized, especially during times of hardship. Help us to support one another’s churches, to cease rivalries, and to strengthen our ecumenical contacts.
Hear our prayers for the church:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the beauty of your peace to all of nature, its springtime flowers, its wildlife, its terrains. Restore waters, cleanse the air, and save lands that have been misused. Inspire us to care for the whole of your creation.
Hear our prayers for the earth:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the power of your peace to the nations of the world. Halt all impulses toward violence between nations, in our city streets, and inside our homes. Lead our government into wise decisions concerning migrants, especially the youths. Bring an end to ethnic prejudices in our land, and guide judges and juries to enact justice throughout each court proceeding.
Hear our prayers for this country:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the abundance of your peace to all agencies of care in church and government. Show us the best ways to uphold and support those in need. Inspire children to share. Open our hearts to a world so filled with suffering, and make us always more generous with the gifts you have given us.
Hear our prayers for a world of good will:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant the well-being of your peace to all who suffer. Visit all who are ill, especially those suffering from Covid-19, those without access to the vaccines, and those with strained medical resources. Comfort with your merciful presence those who are distanced from family and friends and all who are lonely or distressed. Receive our prayers especially for . . .
A brief silence.
Hear our prayers for the sick:
Send us your peace, O God.

Grant each of us the hope that comes with your peace. Comfort each of us in sorrow, and receive our silent requests.
A longer period of silence.
Hear us as we pray for ourselves:
Send us your peace, O God.

We praise you for embracing your people with the wounded arms of Christ, and we bless you for all who died in the faith. At the end of all things, bring us with them into your everlasting peace.
Hear our prayers for life beyond our understanding:
Send us your peace, O God.

In praise for the new life you grant us in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Blessing
The Pittsburg Blessing

Verse:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
Make his face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you.
The Lord turn his face toward you
And give you peace.

Chorus:
Amen, Amen, Amen

Bridge:
May his favor be upon you,
And a thousand generations,
And your family,
And your children,
And their children,
And their children

Bridge:
May his presence go before you,
And behind you and beside you,
All around you and within you,
He is with you. He is with you.

Bridge:
In the morning, in the evening,
In your coming and your going,
In your weeping and rejoicing,
He is for you. He is for you

Tag:
He is for you. He is for you.

Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick © 2020 Capitol CMG Paragon,
Kari Jobe Carnes Music, Worship Together Music, Writer's Roof Publishing,
Music by Elevation Worship Publishing (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)
CCLI License # 383771

Dismissal

Go in peace.
Share the good news.
Thanks be to God.
Alleluia, alleluia!

Sources:

Prayers of Intercession from “ELCA Worship in the Home Blog”: https://blogs.elca.org/worship/3804/

Litanies, Readings and Thought for the Day quote: https://members.sundaysandseasons.com/Home/TextsAndResources/2021-4-11/0#texts

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